Issue No. 795 - Since 2001! - February 1, 2018    PDF

Produced every Thursday by RBR Publishing Co. Inc. for roadies around the world. ISSN 1536-4143

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Quick Note: I'm Out Wednesday Through Friday

Just a quick note to let you know that I will be out of pocket Wednesday through Friday of this week. I am having surgery to remove the plate and eight screws in my clavicle that resulted from my crash nearly two years ago. Of course, I set up this issue early (and got a jump start on next week's, too). So if you have any issues or a need to reach out to me, know that I'll get back to you as soon as I can – but most likely not until next week. Also, a quite note about Coach John Hughes, who also had surgery this past week. —John Marsh

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How Do I Improve as I Age?

By Coach John Hughes  I finished way back last year at the Mt. Washington Hill Climb and will do it again in 2018. How should I train for it? I have lots of mountains, e.g. Greylock is near. I want to redeem myself on Washington in 2018. First, I need to lose about 15 lbs. I’m working on it. I re-geared my Felt to a 28 front with a 42 in the back. I just got a power meter and have been reading various writers on hill climbing, and am trying to lay out a 30-week plan to prepare myself. I know that the potential is there and I am willing to do the work.

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Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Leader v4 Road Shoes

By Sheri Rosenbaum & John Marsh  Pearl Izumi’s P.R.O. Leader v4 offers nice improvements over the previous model. The stiff carbon sole and asymmetrical closure combine for a comfortable cycling shoe with good power transfer. The two offset BOA closures really allow you to dial in the fit and easily adjust on the bike. The black/neon yellow upper is stylish and made us a bit more visible to drivers. The P.R.O. Leader v4s hold their own against other high-end road shoes when it comes to quality and price, but there is still room for improvement.

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Lowering Gearing Tip for SRAM eTap Roadies

By Jim Langley  A few newsletters back, RBR author and contributor Coach Rick Schultz offered tips on expanding your gearing with WolfTooth’s Road Link (his article is in the form of a downloadable PDF, in case you missed it). This week, we’re very pleased to add a related gearing tip from RBR founder Ed Pavelka. While he was recovering from hip replacement surgery, Ed recently purchased a custom Independent Fabrications randonneuring bike equipped with SRAM’s eTap wireless electric shifting components. He shared how easy it was to go super low with his eTap gearing.

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Great Winter Training eBooks!

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In Strengthening & Stabilization Training for the Cyclist, our new 44-page eBook, Coach Rick Schultz and Amy Schultz show you how to implement a strength & stability program specifically geared toward cyclists, but which delivers myriad valuable benefits, not just for cycling but for everyday life. (Their 57-page companion eBook, Stretching & Core Strengthening for the Cyclist, targets effective core-strengthening and stretching exercises specifically geared toward cyclists.). Amy Schultz is completing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, is an accomplished cyclist and has done extensive research on athletes and injury prevention. Amy demonstrates the proper form for all the exercises in both eBooks. Each is just $14.95; $12.71 for Premium Members, who save 15%!

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Correcting the False Equivalencies in the Cars vs. Cyclists Debate

Editor's Note: A buddy and I were riding last weekend when he mentioned that, while on a recent trip to Singapore, he read about a cyclist (a bike courier) getting charged for murder after running down a pedestrian. My mind immediately went to the two well-publicized instances I could recall of cyclists killing pedestrians in the U.S. – and then, later, I thought of an article I wrote almost three years ago (which I'm re-running today). 

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Being Overweight Increases Cancer Risk

By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.  A new study from Spain of 54,446 people (Prev Med, Jan 17, 2018) shows that: Overweight women are 12 times more likely to develop cancer and five times more likely to suffer a heart attack than women of normal weight; overweight men are two times more likely to develop cancer than those of normal weight. The study also showed that only 26 percent of the study population had normal weight. Overweight women who lost 12 pounds in their 40s, and did not put it back on, reduced their risk of suffering cancer by 20 percent.

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